Call for Proposals for New Edition of the Change Handbook

Peggy Holman, Tom Devane, & Steve Cady are inviting proposals for a second edition of The Change Handbook: Group Methods for Shaping the Future. This is a great opportunity to share your methods for bringing people together to develop collective plans, decisions and action!

Based on the highly successful first edition of the book, this new edition will be a reference book for leaders, change agents, and students of change. The objective of this project is to update The Change Handbook so that it continues to be a convenient, readable, accurate one-stop reference guide for people who are considering systematic organizational or community change. Proposals are due by June 30, 2005. Go to to download the call for proposals, or click below for more details.

This book addresses the ?“what is it?” of each change method, not ?“how to do it.?” Its purpose is to help the reader determine which approaches might fit their situation and guide them to other sources for more detailed information. The book is intended to answer questions such as:

o What methods are available that have proven successful in addressing today?’s needs for organizational or community change?

o What are the key distinctions among the methods?

o How do I know if a method would be a good fit for my organization or community?

o How do I get started after I select one or more methods?

The Change Handbook aims to include methods that foster a systemic perspective, involve workforce participation, and generally involve groups of people coming together for the emergence of collective plans, decisions, and action. If you have created a methodology that contributes to the theory and practice of systemic participative change, please consider sending in a proposal.

If selected, you will write a section on your method, provide information for a comparative matrix, and furnish reference information for the reader who wishes to learn more about your work. The Change Handbook will also address effectiveness and sustainability of methods. No chapter will exceed 5,000 words, and some entries will be shorter.

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Added by Amy Lang on June 07, 2005